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Progress slow for Tech offensive line

  • 12:14 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Following the graduation of three fifth-year seniors, the Georgia Tech offensive line is a young and inexperienced group. Thus far through spring practice, it’s evidently playing like one.

“I don’t know if we’ve progressed as fast as we’d like to,” offensive line coach Mike Sewak said Monday following the team’s ninth spring practice session.

Among the candidates for playing time on the line this spring: Guard Shamire Devine and tackle Chris Griffin (both redshirts in 2013) and tackle Errin Joe and center Freddie Burden (missed last season with injuries).

“Everything happens with reps, and game reps,” Sewak said. “Just full-speed reps and no [More]

After sweep of Duke, Tech baseball’s tough road ahead

  • 3:20 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A week after getting swept by Pittsburgh, the Georgia Tech baseball team returned above the .500 mark in ACC play by sweeping Duke at home  by 7-4, 5-1 and 1-0 scores. Tech is now 19-13 overall and 8-7 in the ACC.

Sunday starter Matthew Grimes continued his strong season in his return from Tommy John surgery, throwing six shutout innings. Grimes is 4-1 with a 3.21 ERA despite a .272 opponent batting average. Reliever Sam Clay lowered his ERA to 0.42, appearing in all three games and not allowing any runs.

Second baseman Mott Hyde extended his hitting streak to 10 games, [More]

Johnson doles out praise for defense after scrimmage

  • 12:33 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

As I alluded in the story for myajc and Sunday’s paper, when one side of the ball dominates a scrimmage, it means the other side didn’t do so hot.

That was the case Saturday, when coach Paul Johnson described the quarterback play as “horrendous,” said he thought “not much” of the offensive tackles and noted “a lot of places” that didn’t play well. The flipside was that Johnson also said that, with a flurry of turnovers and big plays (“flurry” is my word, not his) the defense “probably played as well as they’ve played since I’ve been here.”

1. For Johnson, [More]

Justin Thomas ‘has the ability to keep the play alive’

  • 12:16 am Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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1. I am working on a story for Saturday about Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas’ development thus far. I talked with him and position coach Bryan Cook following Wednesday’s practice.

“He’s done alright,” Cook said. “He’s got a lot of work to do.”

Cook elongated “a lot” like “a lo-o-o-o-t” of work to do. He named three priorities, finishing runs, running the option game and reading progressions and the defense when dropping back to pass.

“All the basic things to being a quarterback,” he said.

But, Cook said he’s improving and getting good experience out of repetitions with the option, though he also mentioned [More]

Bivins’ good works to be honored at women’s Final Four

  • 2:06 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech center Shayla Bivins will be honored at the women’s Final Four Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Bivins was named to the 10-player team for her work in the community. Among other things, Bivins has been involved in the girls running program Girls on the Run, the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, the Jacket-to-Jacket reading program and the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive.

Bivins also served as the president of Tech’s student-athlete advisory board, was chosen to the ACC honor roll four times and was one of two players to serve on an NCAA committee regarding issues in women’s basketball.

Bivins [More]

Miller named defensive POY finalist

  • 12:16 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller was named a finalist for the Lefty Driessell Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player by collegeinsider.com.

Miller was named to the 25-player Driessell Defensive All-America team, qualifying him as a finalist for the player of the year award. Miller was named third-team All-ACC by the media this season and also was named to the ACC all-defensive team for the second year in a row.

Miller finished his Tech career second all-time in blocks (286, behind Alvin Jones) and 11th all-time in the ACC and is eighth all-time in school history in rebounds (821). This [More]

5 Tech spring notes: Who is rising?

  • 9:21 am Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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The Georgia Tech linebacking group is probably the most experienced position group on the team, and now position coach Andy McCollum has fewer snaps to divvy out, as the Yellow Jackets are using a nickel defense – four linemen, two linebackers, five defensive backs – as their base defense instead of the 4-3.

Some notes from an interview with McCollum following Monday’s practice, the fifth out of 15 for the spring.

1. Quayshawn Nealy, Tyler Marcordes, Jabari Hunt-Days and Paul “P.J.” Davis all have experience, particularly Nealy and Hunt-Days.

If you’ve been following along, you know that Hunt-Days has been working at the [More]

Tech weekend roundup

  • 12:16 pm Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Andrew Kosic set a Georgia Tech school record in the 50-yard freestyle Thursday in the NCAA swimming championship in Austin, Texas, and became the first Tech swimmer to score at the national meet since 2010.
Kosic broke his own school record in the preliminaries with a time of 19.42 seconds. He finished in 19.57 in the finals, which placed him 15th.
Tech had entries in four other events. Nico van Dujin did not make the finals in the 200 butterfly, finishing 20th in 1:43.69. Kosic finished 27th in the 100 free in 43:20.
The 200 medley (Taylor Wilson, Ricky Lehner, van Dujin [More]

Tech pro day results

  • 10:07 am Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Unofficial results from Georgia Tech’s pro day Friday. My earlier post can be read here.

Name
40
BJ
V
BP

J. Attaochu
4.57
 
36.5
 

Ray Beno
5.34
8’11”
23.5
30

Euclid Cummings
4.79
8’6”
28.5
24

Emmanuel Dieke
4.87
9’5”
31
 

Jay Finch
4.93
9’3”
31.5
28

Robert Godhigh
4.60
8’8”
32.5
23

Will Jackson
5.28
8’4”
29.5
23

David Sims
4.80
10’4”
36
23

Jemea Thomas
4.50
10’3”
36
 

Omoregie Uzzi
 
8’2”
26
25

Brandon Watts
4.49
10’3”
37.5
16

Louis Young
4.50
9’9”
36.5
11

In instances where there are no scores, the player either chose not to participate or I didn’t record have a score recorded. Uzzi ran the 40, but I didn’t get a time. I know Attaochu didn’t participate in the bench press, and I don’t believe Dieke or Thomas did, either. (Thomas put up 19 reps at the draft combine and was wise to let that number stand.

Cummings’ 40 time is noteworthy. At the [More]

10 observations from Tech pro day

  • 2:24 am Saturday, March 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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Gleanings from Friday’s goings-on at the John and Mary Brock Football Facility…

1. Former Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu did what he needed to do. Attaochu ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range, a more than acceptable time for the Yellow Jackets’ all-time sack leader.

He also moved without problem, showing scouts that he is recovered from his torn hamstring suffered at the Senior Bowl in January that kept him sidelined for the NFL draft combine.

Photos: Pro Day at Georgia Tech

By comparison, the 40 times at the combine for a few other top-rated prospects at the outside linebacker spot, [More]

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